My name is Robert Birtwhistle and I have the pleasure to work with the governors as Head teacher. I have been involved with the governing body since 2012 when I was first appointed at Village Primary School. I enjoy working with governors to help facilitate effective, long-term school improvement, with children at the heart of everything that we do. Indeed, I am passionate about children being given the best quality education on offer to help them with their future happiness, career ambitions and to help towards social mobility. In terms of my educational philosophy, I believe that children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum of the highest standard where all children maximise the talents and skills that they need for the next stage of their lives. I believe that learning is best when it is hands on, closely modelled and built on outstanding relationships. At Village, we strive to provide children with a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where they can thrive. I have worked in schools in various capacities since 1999 and have worked as a teacher since 2004. Throughout my teaching career, I have worked predominantly in Stockton, but enjoyed spells in North Yorkshire and Redcar and Cleveland. This has given me a broad range of skills and useful experiences of working within different catchment areas.
Having completed my National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2022, I am passionate about staff having access to high-quality professional development and training so that our children receive the very best pedagogy.
I am a proud dad of two boys and a massive football fan. I like to spend my spare time watching Middlesbrough and getting out and about in our local area as a proud Teessider.
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